Society of Early Americanists Conferences

The SEA hosts annual conferences. In odd-numbered years, the Society hosts an open-topic general conference known as the Biennial Conference. In even-numbered years, it hosts Special Topics conferences. The SEA also sponsors panels at our affiliated societies: the American Literature Association & the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.


Upcoming Conferences



The Society of Early Americanists Tenth Biennial Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 2-4, 2017

The 2017 SEA Biennial will be anchored in downtown Tulsa, with special events at the University of Tulsa’s Helmerich Center for American Research at the Gilcrease Museum of the Americas. There will be an optional field trip to the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah and a tour of the Tulsa Race Riot Memorial & Greenwood District (site of the 1921 race riot). Proposals for traditional or experimental format sessions on all aspects of early America are welcome, but we will be especially attentive to the question of the public in early America as well as the public place of early American studies today. Optional public outreach activities, especially involving local schools and teachers, will be available to interested attendees. There will be travel fellowships for graduate students & adjunct faculty, schoolteachers, tribal historians and curators. Plenary speakers will include Prof. William Warner of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

For more information about the conference, please see the SEA 2017 conference website here.

Thank you!

Laura Stevens
SEA President, 2015-17
Associate Professor of English
The University of Tulsa
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Image Credit: Detail of the present-day Oklahoma region from Thomas Jefferys’ American Atlas: or, a Geographical Description of the Whole Continent of America (1776), courtesy of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, McFarlin Library, the University of Tulsa.


The Society of Early Americanists Workshop and Symposium: Indigenous Archives in the Digital Age: Celebrating The Occom Circle, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 9-11, 2016


SEA Workshop and Symposium: Indigenous Archives in the Digital Age: Celebrating The Occom Circle
Co-directors: Ellen Cushman (Northeastern), Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (Northeastern), and Ivy Schweitzer (Dartmouth).
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, September 9-11, 2016

Digital archives of Indigenous materials have enriched our notions of texts and what counts as Native writing, but raise questions of ownership and control. This workshop and symposium will celebrate The Occom Circle and other indigenous digital archives by exploring the multiple modalities of Indigenous histories and texts and their remediation through digital means. How can archives be turned into living places—that is, how can they serve community interests of Indigenous survivance? How might we understand the multiple literacies of Indigenous communities and how does that reshape our conception of literary history? 

The program will offer a keynote address by Tim Powell, Director of the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) and Rick Hill, director of the Deyohaha:ge: Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic in Ontario. There will be two plenary panels. Confirmed speakers include: Damián Baca (University of Arizona), Jason Lewis (Concordia University), Kim Christen Withey (Washington State University). There will be an exhibit of documents from the Occom and Wheelock Papers at Dartmouth, exhibits of recent and ongoing digital archives as well as hands-on workshops teaching DH skills. Attendees will be able to visit the Occom and Eleazar Wheelock papers in Dartmouth’s Special Collections. A tour of the Orozco Murals and a stroll around Occom Pond will be part of the conference activities. Please send any questions about the workshop to Ellen Cushman (m.cushman@neu.edu), Elizabeth Maddock Dillon (E.Dillon@neu.edu), or Ivy Schweitzer (Ivy.Schweitzer@Dartmouth.edu). Thank you.

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Image Credit: Images courtesy of The Occom Circle, Dartmouth College; and Manuscripts Relating to Samson Occom and Eleazar Wheelock’s Early Indian Students, Rauner Special Collections, Dartmouth College Library and used by permission.


Updated: 07/14/16